Stephen Bayley

The country house is dead: that’s why we love it so

Our nostalgia for grand living seems limitless, and Clive Aslet is an entertaining guide to some of Britain’s greatest, once privately-owned houses

A game of croquet at Knole during a visit of the Prince and Princess of Wales (The Illustrated London News, July 1866). [Getty Images]

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